As a real estate broker I spend a fair portion of my life behind the wheel driving to client’s homes or businesses, looking at the latest listings that come on the market (“previewing”), and driving our clients to houses they are considering purchasing. One of my favorite “pit-stops” is the Western Market
located at 4840 Western Avenue in the Crestview neighborhood. Old local markets like these are few and far between. The market is located between Westmoreland Circle and River Road in a former store and residence that was built in 1925. Speaking of driving, did you know that 1925 was the year Henry Ford decided that his cars would no longer just be painted black, but also a deep green and rich maroon as well? It’s an attractive brick building with an inviting blue awning out front and blue shutters and trim. You pull up directly in front of the store. There are no parking lines so you just have to wing it. You’ll notice some picnic benches to the right of the store. I’ve stopped in on a nice fall day and ordered a sandwich and enjoyed a great lunch outside here. There is also a Planet Aid clothing drop-off bin. Planet Aid is pretty cool and will be the subject of a future blog.
Drink & Vegetable Case
This is a deli and catering operation. The story goes that a lawyer was spending a fortune buying food for the many depositions and office lunches he had at his busy downtown law firm and purchased the store to bring the food preparation and cost in-house. The food was so good he realized he had a nice business opportunity and today the market provides a full-scale catering service to –you guessed it– law firms in DC! In addition to the food the store carries many different items including soft-drinks, specialty drinks, ice-cream, fresh vegetables, and packaged snacks.
My favorite part of the store however are the sandwiches made to order. These are big sandwiches made on your choice of French Baguette, rye bread, sub rolls or sourdough bread and then piled high with roast turkey and chicken breast, black forest ham, tuna and chicken salad, and even marinated grilled flank steak. My mouth is starting to water. I can just see the Dagwood Bumstead creation I could make right now. The store is open weekly from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bummer for me is the store is closed on Sundays when I am often out holding houses open or showing property. So stop in to the Western Market and order a delicious sub, fresh-baked cookie and take it outside and enjoy the fast approaching spring weather! ~Brian